U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, an officer with 27 years of military service including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was charged today with multiple counts of sexual misconduct and filing of false claims.
The charges include forced sex, engaging in “inappropriate relationships” prohibited by regulations, possession of pornographic material and misusing a government charge card, the U.S. Army said in a statement today.
Sinclair currently serves as a special assistant to the commanding general of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to the Army. In his most recent deployment, Sinclair was the deputy commander for support of Regional Command South in Afghanistan from July 2010 to May 2012, according to the Army.
Sinclair’s decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal, according to his Army biography.
The U.S. military will conduct an Article 32 inquiry, similar to a grand-jury investigation, to determine the merits of the charges against Sinclar before proceeding to trial, according to the Army.
An Army spokesman didn’t immediately reply to an e-mailed request for contact information on Sinclair or his lawyer.
The most recent court-martial of a U.S. general officer led to U.S. Army Brigadier General Roger Duff pleading guilty in June to two charges of false official statements and other charges of wearing unauthorized ribbons and badges, according to Army spokesman Colonel Jonathan Withington. Duff was sentenced to two months confinement and dismissal. The case is pending post-trial action and the sentence is not final, Withington said.
In March 1999, Army Major General David Hale pled guilty to seven counts of conduct unbecoming an officer and one count relating to a false statement about an adulterous relationship, Withington said in an e-mail. Hale received a reprimand, a fine and demotion to the rank of a brigadier general, Withington said.
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